KYLEMORE BENEDICTINE ABBEY, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Originally built as a castle residence, it was designed by James Franklin Fuller & Ussher Roberts. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete. The castle covers approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with over 70 rooms and the principal wall is two to three feet thick. The abbey was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. ~Wikipedia
East Haddam, CT - Gillette Castle was originally a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette, an American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage. Gillette Castle State Park features hiking, picnicking, river vista view, river camping, concessions, gift shop and castle tours.